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CUPE Local 3902 stands in solidarity with the community of Attawapiskat, the occupation of the INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) Toronto office, and with the occupation of INAC offices across the country including, to date, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Attawapiskat First Nation is in the midst of horrifying crisis, with 11 suicide attempts on the Saturday before last alone, and 101 suicide attempts since September. This is a crisis that is by no means limited to Attawapiskat, a crisis that is a direct result of Canada’s historical and ongoing colonization of indigenous peoples. The youth suicide crisis cannot be separated from the harm done to these communities by the legacy of residential schools, and the crisis of missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Our Unfair Labour Practice complaint was filed at the Labour Board in December, and the Employer has filed their reply at the Board. On Monday, February 22nd the Union met with the Employer through a mediator to discuss the possibility of a settlement. The session was productive, and we have scheduled three more sessions in April with the same mediator and the Employer to continue to work toward a settlement. Participation in the mediation is voluntary, and can be terminated by the Union or the Employer at any point, in which case our complaint to the Labour Board would continue unimpacted. The mediation matters are confidential, but we will update you as the process continues or a settlement is reached or mediation is terminated.
The process to get the GSBF complaint resolved is long and involved. As such, it is imperative that we keep in touch with anyone who believes they are eligible for a GSBF payment. Please fill out this form if in the 2014-15 academic year you were a Unit 1 member and a graduate student in the funded cohort with funding at less than $17,500: http://goo.gl/forms/FQixPyrf7i
Try to give us as much contact info as you possibly can! This process could take a long time and we’d like to be sure that we can get in touch with you when it is resolved.
The Union accuses the University of Toronto of bargaining in bad faith
The allegations contained in this complaint are at this stage allegations and have not been proved before the Labour Relations Board.